(Image above: Nandipha Mntambo, “Europa,” 2008)
Contemporary African Art Since 1980, a new book by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, is the most comprehensive collection I’ve ever seen of modern art from or about Africa, by African artists.
A disclaimer first: my mother, Monica Rumsey, was the book’s copy editor, and that’s how I learned about it. I kept pestering her to share photos and details as the project took shape, and am now very excited to blog that we’ve obtained permission from the publisher and distributor (Damiani Editore, and DAP) to publish a large, exclusive gallery of wide-format images here on Boing Boing— these spectacular works are shown after the jump.
The book explores how political, social, and cultural changes over the past thirty years have shaped urban, indigenous, and globalized “diasporic” art forms. Contemporary African Art is a roadmap of change and of evolving identities.